Maryland Woman Indicted for Treating Patients While Fraudulently Posing as a Physician's Assistant
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Shawna Michelle Gunter, age 36, of Severna Park, Maryland, on charges of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and health care fraud. The indictment was returned on March 18, 2014, and unsealed today upon Gunter's arrest. According to the four count indictment and search warrant affidavit, from July 5 to August 29, 2013, Gunter acted as a physician's assistant, even though she did not have the medical education, training or qualifications to do so. Gunter sought employment as a physician's assistant with a pediatrician who had offices in Centreville and Chestertown, Maryland. To gain employment, Gunter allegedly provided a forged Howard University physician's assistant diploma. She also allegedly provided a forged physician's assistant certificate bearing the license number of another physician assistant practicing in Salisbury, without the victim's knowledge or approval, as well as a forged DEA controlled substance registration certificate bearing a registration number that was almost identical to the victim's.
- Date:April 4, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
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